Sisters and Brothers,
As you know, the Company made the unfortunate announcement today that they will be furloughing 68 flight attendants on the ERJ side of the operation. We are hopeful that this will be temporary but the eventual duration of the furloughs is unknown. The impact will greatly depend on the ERJ flight attendant attrition rate along with how quickly we will begin adding in the additional ERJ 145s into our fleet for UAL. The rate in which we are able to add the ERJs into the fleet is directly related to pilot staffing so the exact timing is uncertain right now.
However in an attempt to mitigate this blow, we have negotiated a preferential hiring opportunity for those affected that will secure not only a job opportunity but also no loss in pay or benefits. The preferential hiring opportunity will provide the option for furloughed members to be hired under the CRJ contract to work in LGA, ATL or DFW while maintaining ERJ pay and benefits. Whether you choose this option or not you will be recalled back into the ERJ system as soon as there is a vacancy. If you choose to exercise such option, your CRJ seniority date for bidding will be January 1, 2018. In addition, we were able to negotiate a more lenient commuter policy, which allows for commuting on any airline.
Make no mistake about it; our goal is to achieve a joint contract and a combined seniority list, which we have indicated to the company on several occasions.
For more information, contact me at 281-827-3965 or sgonzales@iamDL142.org.
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